Research Update (November 1, 2021)
Diligence Technologies Inc., West Tennessee
EVENTS FROM THE PAST MONTH:
Yielded corn trials are completed and everyone should have their corn data at this point. Soybean harvest is just starting. Some of our soybeans finished off nicely and are coming out pretty much on schedule. Other soybean trials have tended to defy the calendar and remain green well past their normal harvest date. We should have the last of them out shortly, but it has been something of a struggle to get them dry enough to harvest. Cotton defoliation is wrapping up and we should begin picking cotton within the week. Depending on the trial (and planting date, variety, etc.), it appears we will harvest some cotton that has a top crop that never opened up. With our relatively low heat units this summer, we were just not able to finish off some of the crop the way we normally would.
Meeting season is fast approaching and it appears that most of our winter gatherings are still planning to meet “in-person”. This will be a welcome relief from last winter if we can actually pull it off. We are in the process of planning our winter calendar at present, so check back in December for a list of the events we plan to be at in the next few months.
As you can tell from our above discussion, finishing off the harvest season is our major focus right now. We have also started planting wheat trials as well as some wheat areas to use next spring for trials that come up over the winter. We still have a small window left to plant wheat if you need something started this fall, but let us know quickly as wheat planting will come to an end fairly soon.
Our annual greenhouse maintenance is pretty much complete and we are open for business this winter. Now is a great time to start discussing your greenhouse projects since we still have several months to get things done. We can conduct a wide variety of trials on various crops, weeds, and insects. Let us know how we can help.
October was relatively mild with warmer temperatures lasting into the later half of the month. The warm weather has since given way to more seasonally cooler temperatures. We have had the occasional shower to work around during harvest, but nothing too bad in terms of rain. Our biggest weather challenge in October was the abundance of days with heavy dew that would not dissipate until the afternoon. This left us with very short harvest windows on occasion. We are hoping for a dry November that lets us finish up harvest in good shape.
The warm fall we experienced this year has left us with an excellent crop of winter annuals already covering the ground in many places. Let us know if you are looking to place any additional fall burndown trials. We should have a place for them.
We hope to have our remaining trials out of the field and data on the way soon. Thanks again to all the folks that sent us work to do this season. We are truly grateful.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings…